Sermons on Ephesians
Ephesians 2.12, Ephesians 2.12
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 4 January 2015
The apostle Paul describes the losses incurred from being without Christ, without heavenly citizenship, without forgiveness, without eternal hope, and without God's blessing in this life also. Here also are the overwhelming gains of having Christ and proving His power.
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 15 December 2019
It is a profound change of life only achievable by God, by which one is completely forgiven, enlightened, adopted into God's family, changed in character and given an eternal inheritance. It is so unmistakable it proves the reality and power of God. Is it our experience?
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 31 January 2021
The apostle gives glory to the Triune God, source of all spiritual blessings, given according to His sovereign election of souls. Here we answer doubts about election, whether it is fair, whether it undermines or strengthens evangelism, and how it should inspire Christian living.
School of Theology Lecture— Dr Peter Masters | 7:00pm | Wednesday 6 July 2016
There was a time, and it ran for two centuries, when Baptists held a distinctive doctrine of God’s covenants quite different from the Presbyterian view, and eminently more scriptural. Then dispensational ideas made it a minority view. But a revival is taking place. This School of Theology address presents the…
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 7 February 2021
The adoption of spiritual children is rooted in the longing of God before time began. It brings the redeemed into the eternal family of love, clothed with privileges and an inheritance secured by the most costly process imaginable. Here the apostle reveals its wonders.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 14 February 2021
In five verses the apostle looks to the eternal Heavenly glory awaiting the elect: first the end-time gathering, second their inheritance, third the choir, and fourth the seal or 'down-payment' of the Spirit received even now, with its ten (at least) marvellous, amazing components.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 21 February 2021
Paul desires that his readers gain wisdom to grasp the spiritual purpose in passages of Scripture - something opposed by many preachers today. Here are the proofs for true personal study and use of God's Word, with examples of the process given elsewhere by Paul.
— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 14 October 2015
A refresher in personal Bible study. Paul prays that we should have the ability to see the spiritual message. Here is a 'check list' of the ten topics in Ephesians which we expect to find (not all every time) when we read the Word with expectant minds.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 28 February 2021
The fifth great theme of Ephesians calls us to consider God's mighty power in our salvation and sanctification. To reflect on this gives a great surge of assurance, building our certainty and faith for the final stage of redemption - entry into eternal glory.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 1 April 2018
We see first, the immeasurable, surpassing, incomparable greatness of Christ's resurrection and its chief purposes. We see also forty days of appearances, and consider the way 'resurrection' is replicated in a spiritual, moral way in the lives of believers, before their own resurrection.
Ephesians 2.1, Ephesians 2.1, Ephesians 2.1
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 7 March 2021
This inspired review of Christian experience begins with the characteristics of spiritual death and the rule of the prince of the power of the air. Then we learn the extent of God's love in both initiating and accomplishing conversion, with the goal of eternal life.
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 2 January 2011
Viewed spiritually, we may be dead on our feet, responsible for our moral behaviour, and yet unconscious, of our need of God, and of the smallness of our lives. Here is the way of escape from a life of spiritual pointlessness, to discovery of spiritual life.
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 29 October 2017
Paul's racing analysis of the human condition before God - the extent of our spiritual lifelessness and its consequences, set alongside the astonishing power and love of Christ in the conversion of innumerable individuals, and their new lives. Here is conversion - truly a raising from the dead.
Bible Study, Bible Study, Bible Study, Bible Study, Bible Study, Bible Study, Bible Study— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 14 June 2017
A pastoral overview of the doctrines of grace showing man's great need of God's initiative in salvation, the origin of the 'five points' and the galvanising effect they should have on witness and prayer for souls. With God sovereign in salvation, we never despair.
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 1 November 2015
We do not need much faith to know that God is there. The Bible teaches that unbelief is inexcusable because the evidence of God's creative power is overwhelming. But faith is vital for salvation, and here are the reasons, and the way to find The Lord.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 14 March 2021
The sense in which conversion is a new creation - God's distinctive workmanship - and the implications for our daily walk. Also, the duties of remembering our origins; rightly esteeming the blood of Christ; and the uniting of saved Jews and Gentiles in the church.
Gospel Sermon— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 15 May 2022
If we have no connection with Christ we have only physical life, but no experience of spiritual life, no understanding of the purpose of life, no acceptance by God, no power to shape character, and no eternal life. Here is how Christ provides all these.
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 25 March 2012
Having no hope of God's friendship and eternal life forces all our hope and anticipation to look for short-term earthly gains. This message is about the human necessity of hope, its origin and its penalties, and especially the only satisfying hope and how to possess it.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 28 March 2021
Having shown that God has brought saved Jews and Gentiles into one church, Paul presents the church's character. First, her citizenship and privileges, secondly, her family ties, thirdly her doctrinal foundation, fourthly, her unworldly saved beauty, and her sensitivity to the Spirit.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 11 April 2021
In the building of a spiritual family the work of the Holy Spirit is the vital power. Here several Holy Spirit verses in Ephesians are explored (including 'Be filled with the Spirit') to show the different activities of the Spirit in the Christian life.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 18 April 2021
Paul's special calling to unfold to the Gentile world the hitherto unproclaimed grace of God, person of Christ, and oneness of saved Gentiles with saved Jews in one body. Here also are the unsearchable riches of Christ, and the ultimate purpose of the Gospel.
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 3 June 2012
Conversion is often thought to be just a change of loyalty from one religion to another, but it is far more. It involves a great change in one's life, and a new experience of God Himself. Here are the details of what Christ does for us.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 2 May 2021
The apostle prays that believers will have Christ in their hearts (here explained), and rooted and grounded in love for Him, we will know more of His for us. Here is the scope of the breadth, length, depth and height of that love.
— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 16 May 2012
Communion is described by Paul, not in terms of a mystical sensation, but as the realisation of Christ's love in our 'inner lives'. Here we see how His love passes knowledge; how it is a lifelong and eternally-progressive appreciation; how it transforms us; and how it makes us feel.
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To know 'the love of Christ which passeth knowledge' is to soar above all that may be learned and known in this world, however sensational the experience, or whatever the field of learning may be. Here are elements of Christ's infinite love for those who seek Him. You May Be…
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 9 May 2021
The true church is a demonstration to the world of God's glory. Human nature prefers to vaunt personalities, preachers, even musicians and their produce, but our God-given role is to show the fruits of the converting and sanctifying work within us.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 23 May 2021
First, the nature of God's calling - irresistible and transformational, also the basis of assurance; second, the objective of the call - pardon, liberty, holiness and heaven; third, the character of the called - lowliness, meekness, patience, and forbearance among believers and before the world.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 30 May 2021
Beginning with prerequisites for Christian fellowship, Paul presents seven reasons for close union within churches, each a powerful encouragement. What it means to be one body, under one Holy Spirit, with one eternal hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one Father.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 6 June 2021
The apostle first shows that the ministry of Christ's church is described in prophecy. He then identifies the different kinds of teacher by their tasks (expounded here), and states the great objectives of all ministry - soul-winning, sanctification, and closeness to Christ.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 13 June 2021
Unity defined, not as membership of an organisation, but as a bond between those in union with Christ and bearing His likeness. Then, the opposition believers will know and the answer of holy living. Lastly: service and loyalty to the body, the local church.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 11 July 2010
Enticement to false teaching and conduct is a constant campaign of Satan directed at sound churches. Here are examples from past and present, together with the virtues of Christ, which are our goals as believers.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 18 July 2010
This message first presents the meaning of Paul's human-body-picture of the church; secondly, describes the state of society as seen by the apostle; thirdly explains the method of 'daily conversion' to grow in holiness.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 4 July 2021
The apostle lays down the vital role of the entire congregation functioning together in evangelism and sanctification. The chief agent of this is 'the truth'. Here we seek to appreciate more fully the privileges and power of the faith entrusted to us.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 11 July 2021
First, an analysis of the sad state of the unsaved heart. Then two levels of transformation: (1) conversion, where putting off the old and putting on the new life is God's work, and (2) details of sanctification, where believers are empowered to act by God.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 8 August 2010
The need to consciously put off the deeds of the old nature and put on those of the new, with special attention to lying, anger and theft, and the opposite virtues. The new nature is the work of the Spirit - but do we put it on daily?
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 25 July 2021
Formative in the sense that in addition to being deeply offensive to God, they form deep roots in the character, promoting other sins and shaping the whole person, whereas new opposite virtues (performed by the Lord's help) lead to lifelong blessing and usefulness.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 1 August 2021
The apostle's appeal never to grieve the Holy Spirit. Here are the sins that do, causing Him to withdraw from (but never leave) us. Here also is what the sealing of the Spirit means for us, and the folly of undervaluing His grace.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 15 August 2010
Putting off the ‘old man’ and putting on the ‘new’ – what are ‘corrupt’ communications – and how are they replaced by edifying speech? Also – avoiding the grieving of the Spirit, and replacing angry feelings with those of kindness and love.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 15 August 2021
The duty and treasure of kindness toward God's people, its impediments constrasted with the great motive - the full readiness of the nature of Christ's love to us, and how He yielded Himself up for eternity. Also the necessity of cleanness, and the pitfalls of jesting.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 22 August 2021
In a marvellous overview of the Christian's walk and duties, the apostle shows how they should demonstrate the light of Christ in new life; how they should channel the message of light, and how they may enlighten their surroundings or new posting in this fallen world.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 22 August 2010
Fornication, uncleanness and covetousness should never occur among believers, nor "filthiness". How can the apostle be so emphatic? Here is the reason, with an underestimated yet powerful antidote - thankfulness - and how it works.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 29 August 2010
Believer’s project an influence more powerful than they may realize by exhibiting ‘goodness and righteousness and truth’, a threefold standard of behaviour that convicts unbelievers, whether they show it or not. Here are verses full of promises and stimulation.
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 9 March 2014
What and where is the soul? Is my soul active or asleep? What am I missing if it is inactive? How is life affected? Is there fulfilment without making provision for the soul? Here is how the soul may receive life and communion with God.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 10 October 2010
Some render Paul's exhortation 'make the most of opportunities', but the apostle borrows very graphic salvation language, and is saying much more than this. Here is his rich teaching on the stewardship of time - and only believers can deploy it to eternal blessing.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 12 September 2021
Charismatic thinking mistakenly sees similarities between the effects of alcohol and the filling of the Spirit. This verse describes tremendous differences between them. Here are the details of Spirit-filling together with the fruit and the means of obtaining this filling.
Bible Study— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 29 December 2021
Ephesians 5.18, Ephesians 5.18
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 17 October 2010
The old life looked to alcohol which could never 'fill' the soul as the Spirit does. Should believers imbibe at all? Biblical answers presented. Also, the blessing of the filling of the Spirit, and precisely what this means
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 18 February 2018
First, the use of psalms and hymns for personal spiritual help; secondly, the biblical authority and necessity for hymns of human composition; thirdly, the nature of melody in the heart, and fourthly, the qualities needed for valid, edifying, God-glorifying hymns.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 19 September 2021
Beginning with the duty of conversation, admonition and encouragement between believers the apostle moves to the blessing of singing psalms plus hymns and spiritual songs (here defined), the elements of true worship (public and personal) and the importance of melody of the heart.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 24 October 2010
First, the biblical warrant for hymns is briefly set out, then how hymns may be used in the personal spiritual walk, and finally the benefits of constant thanksgiving: this practice being far better than all modern counselling books put together.
— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 17 November 2010
— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 24 November 2010
'Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.' (Ephesians 6.2-4)
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 26 September 2021
The introductory passage to the magnificent description of the Christian 'armour' - all that is needed in the spiritual warfare to defend against the wiles of the devil and to preserve and enhance instrumentality for the Lord. Each item is a wonder of grace and effectiveness.
Thanksgiving Service— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 17 October 2018
How easily, as believers, we lose sight of the spiritual warfare, proceeding undefended through daily life. Here Satanic hostility is seen at four levels: the battle for the life of the soul; for sanctification; for the spread of the Gospel, and for defence of the Truth.
Ephesians 6.10, Ephesians 6.10
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 4 February 2018
Loss of spiritual feeling, love, joy and fervour are more serious and ominous than we may think. Attendance soon suffers and a backward drift gathers pace. Why did it happen? The spiritual warfare must come back into view, with all its measures and helps.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 31 October 2010
After conversion, Satan seeks to spoil the new life of the soul: the resisting of sin, the cultivation of virtues, the practice of witnessing, the enjoyment of assurance, and loyalty to the truth. Here is Christ's strength for the believer's conflict.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 10 October 2021
The apostle shows how righteousness acts to be protective of the heart or affections in a saved person - a large target of the devil. Here is how self-denial, love for Christ and obedience to the commandments garrison the heart from pollution and shame.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 21 November 2010
The ways in which righteous living - by the help of God - is essential to instrumentality and success in spiritual work; also, what it means to have one's feet shod with readiness for witness - the 'good fight' of the Gospel.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 3 October 2021
The foundational piece of the Christian's armour is firstly objective truth - the unchanging doctrines of the faith. (The sword, later, is Scripture used 'offensively' to make Christ known). Secondly, the belt is also subjective truth, truthfulness and sincerity for which here are helpful rules.
Ephesians 6.14, Ephesians 6.14
Teaching Sermon— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 7 November 2010
This foundation of the armour of the believer must be reinforced constantly by a set of simple steps and aims, so that the rich fruits of sincerity - here named - may flourish. And as the armour is taken, God gives the enabling strength.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 17 October 2021
The third component of the Christian armour, the footwear, portrays us on the march for Gospel witness. It is readiness for Gospel work. Here are seven essential parts of readiness, and the means provided by God for these to remain present in the heart.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 24 October 2021
Why is faith described as a shield? What are the fiery darts? Here is the centrality of faith in the Christian life, how it is tested in our earthly journey, how the shield is taken up, and the gracious accomplishments of faith.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 28 November 2010
The fiery darts of Satan are doubts, provocations to sin, and his exploiting of sickness, grief and trials. Here is how faith is to be deployed to defeat the attacks, and how 'seeing' Christ rescues the soul.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 12 December 2010
How the Word of God is deployed in sanctification, Gospel work, the personal walk, and the preservation of church purity - with scriptural examples.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 31 October 2021
The helmet is the hope or anticipation of final salvation, when Heaven's glory dawns on the soul and we see Christ - the greatest possible incentive to serving Him. Here is the Lord's emphasis on eternal life, and the believer's experience of death.
Ephesians 6.17, Ephesians 6.17, Ephesians 6.17
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 7 November 2021
In the soldier image the sword of the Spirit represents the Gospel work of the church. Here is the penetrating, searching, persuasive power of the Gospel as proclaimed by the apostles. A church or believer not proclaiming salvation is a soldier without the sword.
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In the armour provided for the spiritual warfare is the helmet of salvation, denoting four aspects of daily protection for the Christian: for assurance, for vocation, for the thought life and for the anticipation of glory.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 14 November 2021
Explaining the words Paul uses in his great 'armour of God' exhortations to pray, words such as 'always - supplications - watching thereunto - perseverance' and particularly 'in the Spirit'. Here is what he does not mean, and what he does mean by this most remarkable term.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 19 December 2010
A verse that triggers a compendium of guidance for prayer, speaking of the range and frequency of prayer, its different kinds, its spiritual fervency, its watchful agenda, its persistence and its objects.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 21 November 2021
Paul's dependence on the prayers of believers comes first, especially for openness and plainness of speech - and this is what this should mean for today. Here also are the vital components of biblical ministry, and the stirring concept of an ambassador in bonds.
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 9 January 2011
Paul's Gospel caused trouble and offence, however lovingly expressed, because it called people to the Christ of Calvary, atoning for sin, and pressed the need for repentance and transformation of life. Is this really the Gospel as we understand it?
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 16 January 2011
Love for Christ includes love for His cause, shown by concerned prayer for Gospel work and for fellow believers. Paul here provides for news which will fuel prayer. Here also is defined the love which brings harmony, faith and special grace into a church.